"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
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"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Saturday 13 July 2013


“My parents need us..but all three of their kids are British citizens living in the UK and so we don’t qualify to look after them when they need us most.”

Fara is a British citizen living here since 2001. Her husband is also British. Her parents are Indian, aged 59 and 69.

Due to a death in the family, her parents 'home must be sold (as per the terms of her uncle’s will who owned their apartment). Her parents don’t have enough money to buy their own home, and because of their ages, are unable to obtain a mortgage. They get by, with the pension her dad receives, and help from their three children. Children all of whom are British citizens, yet unable to bring over their parents to live with them, and care for them.

There is no financial clause Fara or her siblings can satisfy to show they have the means to look after their parents. The rules just don’t allow this, no matter how well off you are; no matter if all your children are British citizens living in the UK.

Fara is considering going down the EEA route – the only route left open to her. However with two children under the age of six, one of whom is physically disabled, it’s not going to be easy. Fara is feeling the weight of the burden of having a child requiring surgery and parents due to become homeless.

Three British siblings, British spouses and British kids - being denied the right to look after their parents without recourse to public funds.

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